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New MacBook Pros Next Week?

Read this over at Mac Rumors,

ZDNet reports that it has received information from tipsters claiming that Apple will release new Mac Pro models next Tuesday, adding a hexacore Core i7-based model to its lineup.

I’m getting tips in from sources who claim that Apple is set to revamp its high-end Mac Pro line, adding a ‘hexacore’ Core i7-980x model to the line up.

All information points to this happening next Tuesday, March 16th.”

Hop on over to check it out, I for one am fairly excited and think the new MacBook Pro line is long due.

Source – Mac Rumors

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Mac | , , | 1 Comment

Upgrade to MacBook Pro? Nah

Back in July I crossed over from PC to Mac and bought my first MacBook Pro.  Last week, Apple announced the new line of MacBooks and MacBook Pros.  I took a long look at them, the MacBook upgrade, though without the firewire now, it’s is still worth the upgrade especially with the new glass trackpad (with multi-touch gestures); aluminum case; LED-backlit display, integrated 256MB Nvidia video; and a smaller and lighter (half pound) body.

As for the MacBook Pros, I don’t see much added value from the new lines apart from the improved graphic display.  Gone are the matte screen (only the glossy ones are available); the portability (the new MacBook Pros are heavier), and most important of all, 20% shorter in terms of battery life.

I’m gald I didn’t hold off in buying mine back in July.  Wondering when the next upgrade will be.

October 30, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mac, My Gears | , | Leave a comment

Apple Day – New MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air & More

If you want to have an overview of the new line of the MacBooks, watch the video above, very informative.

Wow, what a day.  Apple today rolled out the newest generation of their MacBook computers.  The most impressive upgrade of course rest with the new all glass and aluminum MacBook which features a glass trackpad with new multi-touch gestures introduced and a nice LED-backlit display.  Apart from what’s changed outside, we see some major overhaul to what’s inside as well.  The MacBook now comes with an Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics chipset, a 2GHz Core 2 Duo configuration with a 160GB hard drive for $1,299 and a 2.4GHz offering with a 250GB hard drive for $1,599 (which gives you the bonus backlit keyboard as well).

The new MacBook Pro, according to MacWorld, “will feature two graphic chipsets, the Nvidia GeForce 9400M embedded on the motherboard and the Nvidia GeForce 9600M as a discrete part. The graphics deliver 32 parallel graphics cores and 125 gigaflops of graphics performance. Jobs said that using the 9400M you get five hours of battery life and four hours with the 9600M.”

The MacBook Pro also features the same glass trackpad, a more unibody design which wraps the aluminium casing around the black glass iMac frame on the front display.  The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro now comes with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo chip and 250GB hard drive for $1,999 and the other with a 2.53GHz processor and 320GB hard drive for $2,499.As for the 17-inch model, the processor speed remains at 2.5GHz (upgradable to 2.6GHz), memory been increased to 4GB and storage capacity, a whopping 320GB.

As for the MacBook Air, it got updated to the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics chipset as well. Storage wise, the 128GB solid state drive is now available, along with a standard 120GB drive. The base model is going for $1799, or go with the SSD model with 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo for $2499 (due in November.)

Other addition to the lineup includes the 24-inch LED Cinema Display, (1,920-by-1,200-pixel resolution) which features a built-in iSight camera and microphone, stereo speakers, and three-port USB 2.0 hub. The same aluminum and glass enclosure design, resembling the Apple’s current iMac design.

Source – MacWorld, MediaHangout

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Event, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mac, Notebooks, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

I Crossed Over to Mac, WOOT

Well, it’s been almost two weeks since I ventured into the Mac world.  Bought my first Mac (the MacBook Pro) finally after 20+ years into computing.  Wasn’t sure that I would be too comfortable with the switch, I felt like an elderly learning how to read and write all over during my first week with the MacBook Pro.  But thanks to a few Mac friends out there, especially Belle over at BeansBox, who lend me “The Rough Guide to Macs and OS X” (really good read, thanks Belle), the switching seems to be quite smooth as I move into the second week.  This week, I will be working my ways around the video editing program, iMovie, and see whether it have enough juice for me to edit videos with my new camcorder, Sony HDR-SR11E (will blog on the new camcorder later this week).

Well, some would ask why the switch? the answer is the attractive price offer in the back-to-school special from Apple.  HK$13,900 for the 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook seems pretty reasonable to me.  Remember last week I blogged about the price slash on the SSD version of the MacBook Air? Well, that price slash is reflected in the special as well (for only HK$19,900).  For those who want even better deals, check out the Apple certified refurbished Macs, for example a Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme with 2GB memory, 500GB hard drive and ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory cost only HK$12,468.

For those who’s thinking about switching as well, there’s a good article, Some General Tips for Switch to Mac From Windows, from Mossberg last week, check it out.

July 9, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mac, My Gears, Notebooks | , , | 1 Comment